Taxi robber pleads guilty

Nicole Young has pleaded guilty to serious charges related to a taxi robbery in September.
Nicole Young, 28, appeared in court on Friday to plead guilty to multiple charges related to a taxi robbery. (CBC)

A St. John's woman pleaded guilty to ten charges in court Friday.

Most of the charges date back to an incident in September when Nicole Young, 28, was drunk and backed a vehicle into two men. 

Young got behind the wheel of a taxi at 6:30 in the morning, in the downtown area of St. John's.

She put the vehicle in reverse and hit the cab driver and the other man, who was seriously injured.

He was in a coma for a month-and-a-half.

The man, 42, sustained complex head injuries, including a fracture to the base of the skull.

He is recovering, but is still undergoing speech therapy.

Provincial court was also told the man's personality changed because of the brain injury, and he had to be temporarily detained under the Mental Health Act.

Young also pleaded guilty to two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm, and to stealing the taxi.

Young has serious alcohol and drug issues

The Crown said Young should get two years in a federal prison.

Young's lawyer, Brian Wentzell, has recommended that his client go to a federal facility where she can access better counselling for her addictions. But Wentzell wants three months credit for time served.

He said rehabilitation in this case is more important than incarceration, because treating her is in the best interest of society.

Young will be sentenced next Friday.